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Man Refused Bail In Belfast Double Murder Case

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6:18 PM - 26 Dec 2019



A detective has told a court sitting a man charged with the pre-Christmas murder of two people at a Belfast flat has made "full admissions" to police.

Frances Murray, 37, and Joseph Dutton, 47, were found in the property in the north of the city on Monday.

Steven Arthur Andre McBrine, 35, appeared in the dock in handcuffs at the city's Laganside Magistrates' Court this morning flanked by prison officers, but did not speak.

Defence solicitor Denis Moloney said McBrine lived in close proximity to the deceased - in Kinnaird Close - and had been drinking with them that day before a dispute arose.

A PSNI detective inspector said the defendant had made "full admissions".

He added he could connect the accused to the two murder charges.

Mr Moloney said his client had been "fully co-operative" during police interview and gave a "full and quite frank" account.

Several nearby homes were evacuated throughout the major police operation in Kinnaird Close.

District judge George Conner refused bail to the accused, who is also from Kinnaird Close.

He will appear in court again on January 23rd.



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